Paisleys part 2…

image of Paisley in progress

While poking around in tubs looking for more Paisleys I found this, so I’ll start off with a Paisley in progress…I’m not sure how many years this has been up on the shelf, but I do get it down now and again and sew another block or two…I know this will end up a fave quilt so one can’t rush these things.

image of Paisley in progress

King David's Crown

This is a Michelle Yeo pattern and I did the class with Michelle at Threadbear.  I was able to source some more of that delicious red paisley from a friend so I could continue with the quilt as I feared I would not have enough.  It’s Floral Bouquets and Fancies II by Sharon Yenter for In the Beginning Fabrics 2001.  All the blocks will sit on that pale lemon ~ Treasures Uncovered c. 1870 by Mary Koval pattern # 25826 by Windham Fabrics.

Last time I finished up with a tempter about my French and Indian Paisleys…so I’ll start with a couple of photo’s of some lovely Provencal paisleys.

The first fabrics are from Les Olivades in St Etienne du Gres, France and are current repro’s of Fabrics reproduced in that area in the 17th century and are typically what I think of when I think of Provence.

image of provencal paisleys

This is a selection of provencal prints, along the same lines but from a variety of sources (and collected over many years).  The one on the far left came from a friend, it’s the remnants from a dress she made.

image of provencal paisleys

These Indian ones I collected when I visited Rajasthan a few years ago.  I believe these examples were produced in 1910 in Gujarat, Western India and you can read a bit more about them in an earlier post here so I’ve only added a few images.

image of Gujarat Textile

image of Gujarat Textile

image of Gujarat Textile

I also collected a few cards from companies in Jaipur who are producing block printed textiles in the traditional way for clothes and home.

image of Soma card

image of anokhi card

This is what a traditional Indian wood block looks like…

image of Wood Print Block

…and wood blocks produce this type of quilt today.

image of Modern Indian Quilt

a modern Indian quilt

image of Modern Indian Quilt

a modern Indian quilt

My search through my French and Indian fabrics also led me to fabrics in my stash like this…

image of India Chintz

India Chintz 1730-1800 by Windham Fabrics pattern # 27850

…which opens a whole other can of worms.

I may need to do some further reading.

image of further reading

image of trade goods

Stay tuned…

Links the website has images of block printing today the link to the museum of block printing, very interesting.

I’m off to ‘quilting’

Malatville Album Saturn

Do you just refer to your local quilt group as Quilting… I just yell to DH from the door “Ok I’m off to quilting…see you” even though I don’t actually quilt there.   I belong to quite a few different quilt related organisations and always refer to them by proper names, it’s only my fortnightly Wednesday group (The Goldfields Quilters) that has lost its moniker.   Do you do the same?

Anyway tonight is quilting, the first one after the Christmas break, and even though the rain is pouring down (and thunder has just started) and the roads will be yuk I will be steadfastly going because I can and many of my quilting comrades in Qld and NSW can’t go anywhere due to devastating flooding, so I’m going for you guys and will encourage everyone to go through their stashes to help you replenish yours.

After my last post a couple of you asked about the Maltaville Album Quilt being a kind of quilt-along or pattern.

Well, Jennifer (my technical support and  5foot1quilts ) had suggested just that very thing last week so your queries were very timely, thank you.

After talking with Jenn about it again and working out how best to do it, I can say that yes I will be doing a pattern which people can join in and download the patterns each month.

I do just want to get another block or two ahead before I start though and I’ll have to spend a little time learning how to do downloadable patterns etc, and there’ll probably be a blog to go with it that participants can post their blocks on too.  Stay tuned and I hope to get it happening in the next few weeks.

In the meantime… I have spent the morning preparing some hand stitching ready to take to ‘quilting’ tonight and my next Maltaville block is one I’ll be taking.

Malatville Album Saturn

Maltaville Album Quilt ~ Saturn Block

This is now all tacked and glued down but I though I’d show you some of the process.   What I needed was something 5 1/4″ round to trace around…you know how hard it is to draw a circle.  My Perfect Circles templates don’t go that big so I started hunting around the studio then the kitchen where I spotted these…

Copper Pots

Gotta be something close in that lot

Circle is 5 1/4" exactly.

Fabric Choices

Choosing the fabrics

At the last minute I decided to make the little moons out of three different Smithsonian fabrics for a bit of tonal variety so the bottom fabric has been joined by two more.   I’m really happy with how it’s looking and this one won’t take long to stitch (I hope).

However as this is going to now be a Quilt-along it may have been smarter for me to start with the centre block (doh).  At present I’m just doing them in any order that appeals but I should probably start thinking about a more orderly approach.

Connecticut Quilt

Connecticut Quilt

I spent a blissful Monday and Tuesday further planning and sewing on the Connecticut Quilt.  I have added the small Ohio Stars to ‘square up’ the quilt in readiness for the next border (red and cream squares).

I stared gung ho by making a little block and then rejected it


I really like this striped fabric and it certainly ‘went’ with everything else around it but when I put up on the wall with the quilt centre it lacked definition…

Ohio Star

That’s better against the baskets.

These blocks are tiny…3 1/8″ finished, so it was easier to make the units oversized and trim them down.Tiny units

And the light fabric is very fine so starching it helped to stabilise it for such small pieces.


I prefer the Best Press on the left (no residue) but had to resort to Crisp when I ran out

And just because there’s no time like the present to start playing around with something new (I am still en vacance after all) here’s another little bit of hand stitching I prepared this morning.

French Quilt

French Quilt

French Quilt

French Quilt

18 months ago I bought some very gorgeous fabrics when I was holidaying in the south of France (from Les Olivades in St Etienne du Gres near St Remy de Provence) and have been pondering possible quilts to use them in.   Last week I found a pattern for a variation on the Double Wedding Ring, the pattern was by Deb McArdle who is a designer and tutor from Ballarat (Deb was one of the quilters  whose work I noticed and enjoyed early in my quiltmaking days and in November I had the pleasure of being a judges’ assistant to Deb when she was one of two judges at the One Step Further Exhibition in Melbourne)

Deb has come up with this really interesting way of creating a Double Wedding Ring using a square and bias strips.

Bias strip

Making Bias Strip using fusible paper

Super quick and easy.

Now I’ve just got time to tidy up the mess I’ve made in the studio after all this morning’s activity before organising dinner for the family and heading out the door to Quilting.

Fabric, fabric and more fabric

RJR Smithsonian Fabric

I didn’t get back to you about my weekend of super organisation a while back and my snazzy new label maker.  I had promised to post some photo’s of my fabric shelves and now that I’m getting more confident with Photo Shop it’s all getting a lot easier.

As you know I’m a great fan of the Smithsonian fabrics which RJR released quite a few years ago.  Most of my Smithsonian fabrics I’ve kept from all those years ago and they are still some of my most favourite…I can’t imagine I’ll ever tire of them. I keep them separate from my other fabrics, I don’t know why I do…I just do.  Maybe because it makes them easier to be admired and of course they just go so well with each other.

RJR Smithsonian Fabric

My favourite fabric stack...but if only it were taller (sigh)

However, about a third of my Smithsonian fabrics I bought about 5 years after they were released here in Australia and I found them in New Zealand, just in a small town’s quilt shop.  There were still bolts left and so I was able to pick up a bit of meterage.  And some I bought online just a couple of months ago on so it pays to keep looking.

Smithsonian and Vintage fabric tub.

The leftovers go in here, along with scraps of vintage pieces.

You also know how crazy I go over 1800s repro fabrics and after several years of studying Quilt History I have a developed a keen eye for the different styles of fabrics and where they fit into the time line of fabric production.  So I stack Turkey Reds, Indigos, Cheddars, Chrome Yellows and Poison Greens separately from Reds, Blues, Orange etc.

Turkey Red shelf

Love these Turkey Reds, they were in vogue after 1840.

I don’t use much green in my quilts…just not a fave colour so my regular green stack is hardly worth photographing… but I do have a reasonable stack of  Indigos  and I’m always on the lookout for Prussian Blues, good ones are hard to get.  Dyeing of Prussian Blue dates back to the early 1830s but  was popular in quiltmaking and clothing in the 1840s and 50s.

Indigo/Prussian blues

Love the Prussian Blue on the top, from

And this last photo shows one of my much loved stacks of French Fabric.  I have two stacks, one  for French fabric I have bought or aquired over the years and the other is this stack…

French Fabric

Fabrics bought from Les Olivades in St. Etienne du Gres, Provence.

Last year I visited Provence and was able to go to Les Olivades wharehouse/shop and showroom in St. Etienne du Gres.  They are reproducing fabric in the Indienne Style produced in Marseilles in the mid 17th century and are well worth the visit, either in person or online.

My DH and I drove  half way across the bottom of France for most of the day (we somewhat underestimated the distance involved) and we didn’t arrive in St. Etienne du Gres until 4pm even though we had left ‘home’ in the Midi Pyrenees at 8.30am, but of course the day did include the obligatory 2hr French lunch!!

I’m so glad to have been able to purchase some of these gorgeous fabrics that I keep them in their own stack…I have lots of ideas about what I want to do with them but I haven’t settled on one idea yet so for now they just remind of an enjoyable but long day out (we got home at 1am but had also managed ‘to squeeze in’ a trip to Pont du Gard at sunset…beautiful)

’til soon,

thanks for visiting…